Monday, May 7, 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth & a Book Signing

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
5 Freaking Stars!!!!!

I LOVED this book. Maybe more than the first in the trilogy, Divergent. My first ever book review of this book can be found here.

There aren't really words to describe this book. (At least I don't have the words without giving it away.) So here is the synopsis.

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

This book is fast paced and full of action. It was hard to put down... which I sadly had to do about a million times between work and B. I already want to re-read it because it is that good. (And I know there are things I missed because I simply flew through it.)

I think everyone needs to read this series. I just can't say enough good things about it. If you haven't done it yet... read Divergent so that you can read Insurgent. You will thank me. Then you will curse me because you will have to wait who knows how long for the next one. Sad.

Now what is this I mentioned about a book signing? Well I went to my first one and it was awesome! It was for... Insurgent! :) I got to meet Veronica Roth. Still can't believe she is so young. She is incredible.

I had a good friend drive 2.5 hours to come with me (and then she stayed for my book exchange party. (In a post to come)) V. Roth (as she signed my books) came out and read a little bit from Chapter 8 in Insurgent and then did a Q & A for about 15 minutes before starting to sign books. We talked to one person who had a number of 267! Thankfully we called and ordered our books early and were numbers 42 & 45. I told her that I hate one of her characters because of something he did and she said she always hates him too. Kinda made me laugh. I will definitely be going to more book signings in the future. 

During the reading.
I wore Amity Colors. :)
My pretty books! Photobucket Photobucket


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Goal Recap for the month of April

I don't think I checked in for March... Sorry! I'm going to do a quick check in on my yearly goals...

1. Read 50 Books (I have already started my tab up top to keep track of my books.)
I am currently reading book # 55, I have upped my goal to 100.

2. Run in 3 races
This past weekend I ran my first race. I participated in the Illinois Marathon Relay and ran 6 miles. My time was just about 1:13 something. I'm not 100% sure what it was because of when I started and stopped my timer. But our relay group completed the marathon in 4:36:30! Well under our 5 hour goal/estimate. I ended up about 5 minutes faster than previous paces would have come out to for 6 miles.
I'm also doing a 5K June 2nd. The Color Run. I can't wait.
I plan on doing the 5K in my town on July 3rd and the Zoo Run Run again in Sept as well as another 5K in November.

3. Start (and stick with) another method of exercise besides running. Maybe yoga?
I have been consistent with my sit ups and push ups. I ordered a yoga DVD and it arrived a couple days before the race but I didn't want to risk being sore for the race so I started it yesterday.

4. Organize my life, and our home better.
I have been working at this. I totally re-organized our kitchen and the office. I also got new dishes!

5. Make 2 new recipes a month.
I know I did 2 this month but I'm totally blanking on what the second was. One was Strawberry Lemonade Bars. They were just ok. I made them for Easter.

6. Be a better friend.
I'm working at it. It is hard with our schedules to always get time to chat or hang out unfortunately. But I am having a book exchange party this coming Saturday that I'm super excited about.

7. Be a better wife and mom.

8. Be happier.

9. Finally re-do our bathroom.

10. Take a vacation with J. Just J.
We would like to have something booked within the next 3 weeks. Still trying to figure it out. We are leaning towards a cruise.

11. Learn more about photography.

12. Work harder (in all aspects of life).
I'm trying. I think that working out now is inspiring me. I'm pulling my new dedication towards that into the rest of my life.

13. Work at starting this business I have had in my head for too long.
This is being put on the back burner for a bit. Big things are happening at work which I will get into once they have been sorted out.

More soon. I have some book reviews coming up! :)